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It to his son it express the concerns so many African American parents have about their son's becoming the victims of violence I will hear my twenty fifteen interview with the late Tony Larson about being a writer and mother when she was writing her first novel her baby spit up on the page she was working on I rode around a few because I figured I could always like that but I might not get sent Marcin was the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature she influenced many writers including Tana Hassey coats first news live from NPR news in Washington I'm Jax beer an airstrike in Iraq his killed the head of Iran's revolutionary guard the state department confirming tonight general Qassem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad International Airport there are reports Abu Mahdi alma Hyundai's deputy commander of the popular mobilization forces militias backed by Iran was also killed along with a number of others the Pentagon says the air strike was conducted at the behest of president trump to protect US personnel abroad latest right comes after an attempted incursion on the US embassy compound in Baghdad on new year's the trump administration announced a partial and temporary ban on the sale of flavored Peiping cartridges today NPR's aus RB reports many public health groups say the policy fall short of what's needed to curb the U. the E. cigarette epidemic the administration says the new policy aims to protect young people from the harms of nicotine while maintaining access for adult smokers who vape in an effort to quit cigarettes here is health and Human Services secretary Alex these are we are temporarily taking certain illegal products off the market if they are the types of products and flavors most widely used by Kim but many groups including the American medical association and the American lung association say the new policy does not go far enough to protect teens the groups say they're disappointed that menthol cartridges and flavored E. liquids available in vape shops will remain on the market Alison Aubrey NPR news Washington the acting head of the federal bureau of land management will keep this temporary job at least until April NPR's card signal reports prior to coming to the agency William Perry Penley called for the transfer of federal public lands to state controlled Henley's appointment has now been extended twice he has not been formally nominated to lead the agency which would be subject to Senate confirmation environmentalists filed the lawsuit questioning the legality of families appointments and whether he has the legal authority to implement any policies he's currently overseeing the controversial relocation of the BLM headquarters from DC to western Colorado Duke energy has reached a landmark settlement with North Carolina to secure the evacuation of nearly eighty million tons of coal ash was glossy of member station W. N. C. reports the agreement means all thirty one of Duke's coal ash sites in North Carolina will be closed and excavated the by product of coal burning power plants is loaded with harmful toxins sure Martin of the state's environmental agency says the settlement is good news for people living with the threat of ground water pollution this means that the focus will be on the clean up effort and not a litigation Duke energy estimates the excavation will cost between eight and nine billion dollars and take ten to fifteen years for NPR news I'm Celeste the glass out in Chapel Hill North Carolina stocks closed sharply higher today the Dow was up three hundred and thirty points this is NPR live from KQED news I'm terrorist Siler a new state law is starting the year embroiled in litigation eighty five requires employers to reclassify many workers now considered independent contractors as employees eligible for benefits KQ these Piran shoulder reports on new year's eve a federal judge in San Diego blocked the law from taking effect for thousands of independent truckers meanwhile one of the main targets of the law uber along with delivery company post mates filed suit arguing that the law violates constitutional rights by exempting some industries and not others UC Hastings law professor David Levine it seems to me the heart of the issue is are these workers doing work that is essentially court to what the company does or not Levine says a lot of lawsuits are inevitable with legislation of this magnitude I'm Peter Jon Shuler KQED news San Francisco has reached a tentative agreement was some two hundred jail inmates who sued the city after the building where they were being held experienced major sewage problems in twenty seventeen and twenty eighteen civil rights attorney full full DO Connie Haas says the inmates had to walk through raw waste and indoor nauseating smells in their living space some for months at a time even if they need you even if they got rid of the water that's what you eat that's where you are twenty four hours a day the sewage Lee involved county jail number for part of the hall of.

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